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Edward Johnson 1878-1959

Edward Johnson 1878-1959

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted August, 2004

Edward Johnson 1878-1959

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted December, 2011

Edward Johnson 1878-1959

Photo Source - Wikipedia

Plaque Location

The County of Wellington
The City of Guelph
On the east side of Woolwich Street
just south of Marilyn Drive, south of Woodlawn Road
(Reported by Wayne Adam as missing as of March 2015)


Coordinates: N 43 33.688 W 80 16.330

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Plaque Text

Edward Johnson, one of the world's leading operatic tenors, was born in Guelph and lived for many years in a house which stood near this site. He studied in Italy and made his European debut in 1912 at Padua. During eight seasons he performed leading roles in Rome and at La Scala Theatre, Milan, and following extensive tours of Europe and South America, he joined the Chicago Opera Company in 1920. He became a principal member of the Metropolitan Opera Company, New York, in 1922, and from 1935-50 was general manager of the Metropolitan Opera Association. For many years he was also chairman of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. On retirement he devoted his time to the encouragement of young Canadian artists.

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